My grandfather’s afraid of fortune and sails the world
In his handkerchief
He waves to the bottles in the sea
And reads their messages
The trenches are overflowing
It’s hard to stay positive
My grandfather’s afraid of the sky
His red kite rests on a cenotaph
My grandfather’s afraid of silence
He cradles the sound of crows
My grandfather’s afraid
Of saying goodbye
-Gabby Dodd-Terrell, age 12, Rattle
Needtobreathe has released a new album, Rivers in the Wasteland, and you can hear it in all its glory on Relevant. RT
Fast Company has a great analysis of the contrast between the working lives of Danes and Americans, and the happiness levels thereof. “Some non-Danes wonder if Danes ever work. Not only do Danes tend to leave work at a reasonable hour most days, but they also get five to six weeks of vacation per year, several national holidays and up to a year of paid maternity/paternity leave. While the average American works 1,790 hours per year, the average Dane only works 1,540.” RT
NPR’s Marc Hirsch has an on-point analysis of the writing flaws of New Girl – “It’s not because there wasn’t any narrative juice in a Nick/Jess pairing. Their relationship could have been the story of Jess gradually dragging Nick in the direction of becoming a put-together human being. It could have been the story of the tension between a bright-eyed optimist and a schlumpy underachiever. It was neither, because the writers don’t seem interested in picking a lane and seeing where it leads. Instead, they constantly fidget from one to another, always at the last second and always with almost immediate regret at not having made a different choice.” RT
Dawson’s Creek showrunner Kevin Williamson says that he had no idea how many people liked Joey and Pacey, and that up until the last moment he still planned to have Joey and Dawson get together. (Claire’s note: horror!) RT
I have impossibly dry, impossibly thick hair. In my quest to find products and brands that worked, I cycled through nearly every drugstore brand and a fair segment of higher-level brands available, and I will tell you the truth: shampoo aside, it wasn’t until I shifted to more expensive brands that I was able to find something that worked, and not just kind-of-sort-of-worked/helped, but magically worked.
1. Clear Scalp and Hair Therapy Shampoo. I used Head & Shoulders and several other brands and was reasonably happy with them, but it wasn’t until I tried this that I realized just how unimpressive the others were comparatively. Not only does this do a better job of minimizing dandruff than any of the others – I noticed the difference the first time I used this – but it also does a straight shot of desperately needed, long-lasting moisture into my hair. It’s the most effective dandruff shampoo I’ve ever used, and leaves my hair itself soft and moisturized. Can be found for $5-$7 at any Target or drugstore. Definitely a keeper.
2. Aveda’s Dry Remedy Moisturizing Masque. I use this as my conditioner and ladies – it is the single best thing I have ever put on my hair. If I could take only one hair product to a desert island, this would be it. I remember the first time I used it just how disbelievingly I ran my hands over my hair after I’d showered and let it dry – it was the softest my hair had ever felt. I tried dozens of both high and low brand moisturizing shampoos and conditioners before finding on this – and even though I occasionally still try something new, I’ve never found anything better, so have stuck with this for the past two+ years. If you have dry hair, run, don’t walk, to the nearest Aveda and get this. It is pricey, but it’s insanely effective and best of all it lasts forever – one bottle lasts months. As a plus? It smells divine and is impossible to overuse - it’s easy to start out using more than you actually need, but it doesn’t weight your hair down or make it greasy, your hair still turns out soft, lightweight and shiny. Approximately $60 a year to have incredibly soft hair year-round? I’ll take it.
3. Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil. Liquid gold in a bottle. This is the only hair oil I have ever tried that blends in instantly without leaving any weight, stickiness, or oiliness behind, while still working like magic to smooth flyaways and leave your hair soft. Pump just a tiny bit into your hands, work through hair, and boom. Soft and controlled. Perfect.
To celebrate his just-announced Pulitzer win, a poem from Vijay Seshadri!
We hold it against you that you survived.
People better than you are dead,
but you still punch the clock.
Your body has wizened but has not bled
its substance out on the killing floor
or flatlined in intensive care
or vanished after school
or stepped off the ledge in despair.
Of all those you started with,
only you are still around;
only you have not been listed with
the defeated and the drowned.
So how could you ever win our respect?–
you, who had the sense to duck,
you, with your strength almost intact
and all your good luck.